San Fernando Rey de Espana Mission

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The San Fernando Rey de Espana Mission was the 17th mission, and was founded on September 8, 1797.

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The San Fernando Rey de Espana Mission is located at 15151 San Fernando Road in San Fernando, California.


The Mission

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Dedicated by Father Lasuen in 1797, the San Fernando Rey de Espana Mission was one of the last missions to be built. Like other missions, San Fernando prospered and within a year had outgrown the original chapel built in 1797. A new church was built, which was quickly outgrown and replaced in 1803.

San Fernando served as a hospice for travelers along El Camino Real. In 1822, the high volume of travelers encouraged the padres to build the Convento, a large two story building.

After secularization private use preserved the convento while the other structures were seriously damaged. The Convento was eventually restored and converted into a museum.


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